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Scholarships for Teachers

Posted by Lori on February 16, 2010

If you are thinking about entering the teaching field, check out this information from Christopher and Banks. They are offering scholarships for undergrad students, as well as current teachers who are pursuing master’s degrees.

Christopher & Banks Corporation has established a scholarship program to support current undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education and current teachers pursuing a master’s degree in teaching.

The Christopher & Banks Teacher Scholarship Program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. Scholarship Management Services is the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.

Please take a few moments and complete the application. You never know, you may be one of the lucky winners!

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10 Deadliest Jobs in the U.S.

Posted by Lori on February 9, 2010

Think about the most dangerous part of your job. While you are pondering that, also think about the number of times you are in personal danger while you are performing the tasks working at the job. Nearly everyone who has spent time traversing the highways has happened upon a drop-out from the Mario Andretti School of Driving. But, how many of us risk our lives day in and and day out to feed the family? Earnmydegree.com compiled a list of the top 10 Deadliest Jobs in the US along with their average annual salary. Take a look at the list and see how your job stacks up:

  1. Fisher – $28,460
  2. Logger – $32,900
  3. Pilot – $119,750
  4. Steel Worker – $47,170
  5. Rancher – $49,140
  6. Roofer – $37,430
  7. Power Line Worker – $54,300
  8. Truck Driver – $38,720
  9. Refuse Collector – $32,790
  10. Police – $52,810

I think it is interesting the deadliest job pays the least amount of money per year. Another amazing factoid is that each occupation requires some sort of training, whether it is an apprenticeship, vocational school, college, or on-the-job.

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A Few More Jobs that are Still Worse Than Yours

Posted by Lori on February 5, 2010

As promised, we are revisiting Justin Racz’ book, 50 Jobs Worse Than Yours. (2004) Take a great big stretch, settle back in your easy chair, and take a look at a few more jobs that are worse than yours. Remember, while you might be tempted to scrap traditional college, or your adult education plan, please take a look at the list of jobs where you could end up working:

  1. Office Plant Watering Dude – Do you really want to be the person sloshing around to 50 companies sprinkling the plants, dusting the leaves, and rearranging the soil? Actually, some days that sounds like a pretty good gig!
  2. Walking Menu – This person wears a life-size menu and walks about the restaurant so customers can see the special of the day. Probably not that bad of a job, especially if you get discounts. Personally, I would get tired of people staring and pointing at me.
  3. Rat Catcher –  According to Racz, the job ranks right below gravedigger. To land this job in Bombay, India all you need to be able to do is swing a baseball bat. Rat-tatouille for two, anyone??
  4. Cheesecake Tin Quality Controller – This job involves a tactile inspection of 8,000 cheese cake tins an hour to make sure they are hermetically sealed. The drawback of the job is a numb thumb, but the benefits include free cake.
  5. New York City Taxi Driver – It’s sort of a mundane job; pick up fares, drive, honk, pick up fares, drive, honk. The job pays about $75.00 day and is considered the most dangerous job in NYC. Not only that, there is no social security, no disability, and no health insurance. They only thing you get is the right-of-way.

Seriously, I think there are times when we do whatever we need to do when the chips are down. We have to make a choice on either working in misery and being able to pay a few bills, or hang it up and wander aimlessly about the streets in search of food scraps for dinner.

Our topic for discussion next Friday will be, 50 Bosses Worse than Yours. I think everyone has a horror story or two about working for a boss-zilla, so we’ll take a look at the book and compare some notes. Have a great weekend!

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Doors to open on more opportunity

Posted by Lori on January 26, 2010

Take a look at the opening paragraph in Saturday’s Edition (01/22/10) of the Hutch News:

The Career and Technology Education Academy, one of the crown jewels in the Hutchinson school district’s $78.8 million bond-financed expansion and renovation program, is nearing completion.

I think that is the most exciting news I’ve read with regard to Career and Technical Education in a long time! The new Career Tech Academy houses new training for students interested in Health Sciences, Auto Mechanics and Collision Repair, Machine Technology and Welding, Commercial Construction, and Family and Consumer Sciences careers. Hutch High also has an entrepreneurship program where students operate a coffee shop and t-shirt business. The students receive state of the art training while still in high school giving them a leg up on their chosen careers. Toting industry-recognized certificates, many students can enter the workforce directly from high school.

“I think we’ve always known how important career and technology education is,” said David Patterson, director of the academy. “We’re fortunate for the community and taxpayers to value that as well. Traditional vocational programs seemed like they were for a certain segment of the student population. But we’re finding out that they have benefits and rewards for all our students.”

Congratulations to the community for having the foresight to invest in their most precious commodity, their students!

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These days, is college a good value?

Posted by Lori on January 25, 2010

A little over a month ago, I was one of several hundred Kansas State University students to waltz across the stage and collect an advanced degree diploma. It only took two years and several thousand dollars to finally earn my Master’s Degree in Adult Education. When I enrolled in the program, the economy was in pretty good shape and I had plans to increase my overall personal net worth. With the current state of affairs in our state, I wonder if my decision to sink so much money into myself was such a good idea. According to an article in the Wichita Eagle by Mara Rose Williams, others are wondering the same thing. Here’s an excerpt from her article:

Educators and politicians — President Obama included — say loudly and frequently that everyone should seek some college. In speech after speech, you hear that college graduates make at least $1 million more in their lifetimes than those who quit after high school.
But is it true?
In 2007, Sandy Baum, a professor of economics at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., studied the value of a degree for the College Board. Her research — which factored for inflation and left out advanced degrees and their higher earning power — found that someone with a Bachelor of Arts degree plus 40 years of earnings came closer to earning $550,000 more, on average, in today’s dollars.
Baum said that college was easily worth the cost. Plus the recession has laid bare another factor to consider:
“Even in this economy, the number of unemployed college graduates is half that of the unemployed who did not go to college,” she said.
Another, even grimmer, way to look at it: The poverty rate is 10.8 percent among high school grads. It is one-third less for those with bachelor’s degrees.

I wish President Obama would substitute the word training for college when he refers to people needing more education than a high school diploma, as there are many technical schools that provide equally rewarding opportunities for people. The article is a bit lengthy, but it certainly lends a new perspective when faced with making a decision on whether or not to invest in yourself through higher education.

Read more: http://www.kansas.com/news/story/1150691.html#ixzz0dddN00vZ

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